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Get Rich with Dividends: A Proven System for Earning Double-Digit Returns, 2nd Edition



"Marc Lichtenfeld has done a superb job. Easy to read. Makes sense. I was a skeptic. Now I see how this strategy can really pay off."
—William Bonner, New York Times bestselling author of Financial Reckoning Day, The New Empire of Debt, and Hormegeddon

"Get Rich with Dividends is more than just the title of this book; it is a winning investments strategy for good times or bad. If you've been hesitant to explore the power of dividends, Marc's excellent work will get you going in the right direction."
—George Chamberlin, Host of Money Matters, KOGO Radio, San Diego

"Get Rich with Dividends has certainly earned its reputation as one of the most effective moneymaking strategies of the last 25 years."
—Robert Williams, Founder, Wall Street Daily

"If you want to get serious about your retirement, read Get Rich with Dividends. Lichtenfeld's step-by-step guidance shows you how to outperform the markets . . . outperform your broker . . . and outperform your highest expectations. Read this book. Listen to Lichtenfeld. Take action now . . . and smile all the way to the bank."
—Mike Ward, Publisher, Money Map Press

"Most investors know the critical role dividends play in generating long-term returns. Marc Lichtenfeld takes a big step beyond the conventional chatter about dividends to provide investors comprehensive strategies to help them choose the right dividend-paying stocks. In a low/no-yield world, this is a very useful tool."
—Aaron Task, Co-host, The Daily Ticker, Yahoo! Finance

"If you're looking for growth, invest in dividend stocks. If you're looking for income, invest in dividend stocks. If you're looking to reduce your risk, invest in dividend stocks. And to learn exactly how to build your fortune—safely and securely—invest in this book. It's a classic."
—Alexander Green, bestselling author of The Gone Fishin' Portfolio, The Secret of Shelter Island: Money and What Matters, and Beyond Wealth

MARC LICHTENFELD is the Chief Income Strategist of the Oxford Club and Editor of the Oxford Income Letter where he runs the Instant Income, Compound Income, and Retirement Catch-Up/High Yield Portfolios. Marc is also the founder and editor of Dividend Multiplier, the Oxford Systems Trader, and Lightning Trend Trader. A featured speaker at investment conferences, he has spoken about dividend investing at meetings all over the world. Marc is often featured on national media. He appears regularly on CNBC, and his work has appeared on, Marketwatch, and U.S. News & World Report among others. Marc is also the only published financial analyst to ring announce world championship boxing and mixed martial arts on HBO, Showtime, and ESPN.

Preface xi

Chapter 1 Why Dividend Stocks? 1

“Y’all Must’ve Forgot” 4

Marc Lichtenfeld’s Authentic Italian Trattoria 7

The Numbers 9

Keeping Up with Inflation 12

The 10-11-12 System 13

Summary 15

Notes 15

Chapter 2 What Is a Perpetual Dividend Raiser? 17

Dividend Aristocrats 18

The Index 19

The Champions 21

Junior Aristocrats 23

Survivorship 26

Summary 27

Chapter 3 Past Performance Is No Guarantee of Future Results, but It’s Pretty Darn Close 29

Performance of Perpetual Dividend Raisers 32

How Do Bonds Compare? 47

Are You an Investor from Lake Wobegon? 50

Summary 54

Notes 54

Chapter 4 Why Companies Raise Dividends 57

Buybacks versus Dividends 58

Management Speaks 62

Attracting the Right Shareholders 65

Signals to the Market 69

Summary 70

Notes 71

Chapter 5 Get Rich with Boring Dividend Stocks (Snooze Your Way to Millions) 73

How Much Do You Want to Make? 73

Summary 85

Note 85

Chapter 6 Get Higher Yields (and Maybe Some Tax Benefits) 87

Buying $1 in Assets for $0.90 87

MLPs 94

REITs 96

BDCs 97

You Don’t Have to Play Mahjong with Mrs. Zuckerberg 99

Preferred Stocks 101

Summary 103

Chapter 7 What You Need to Know to Set Up a Portfolio 105

The Oxford Income Letter Portfolio--An Example 107

Setting Up the Portfolio 110

Yields 114

Payout Ratio 116

Dividend Growth Rate 121

Special Dividends 125

Summary 128

Note 128

Chapter 8 The 10-11-12 System 129

Yield 129

Dividend Growth 130

Payout Ratio 131

Formula 131

Numbers 143

When to Sell 150

Summary 153

Chapter 9 DRIPs and Direct Purchase Plans 155

Summary 160

Chapter 10 Using Options to Turbocharge Your Returns 163

Covered Calls: The Espresso of Income Investing 164

Option Prices 167

Volatility: An Option Seller’s Best Friend 168

Time Is on Your Side 169

Who Should Sell Covered Calls? 170

20% Annual Returns 171

Selling Puts 175

Summary 177

Chapter 11 Foreign Stocks 179

One Lump or Two? 180

Lumpy Perpetual Dividend Raisers? 182

Other Risks 184

Summary 186

Chapter 12 Taxes 187

Foreign Taxes 188

Tax-Deferred Strategies 189

Tax Law Changes 191

Summary 192

Note 192

Conclusion The End of the Book, the Beginning of Your Future 193

Glossary 197

About the Author 201

Acknowledgments 203

Index 205